Can we just fast forward a little bit and bring on spring? I don’t know about you but we are having huge amounts of snow and bitter cold. I’m ready to get my hands in the dirt and in the garden! This year in the garden I actually tried using my cloches for what they are intended for…which is to protect my tender perennials from the bitter cold like a mini-greenhouse, and get them to last a little longer. I can’t believe it actually worked! I was able to create this Gold Hoop Herb Wreath at the end of December, beginning of January! I finally have the video ready to share with you.In the mean time, my herbs are still hanging on. It probably has also helped that I banked the garden this year with hay, and there was a decent insulating snow cover. This is a great wreath, because you can make it all year round, especially in the summer when the herbs are growing like crazy, and as it slowly dries, there is a nice, light, herby scent in the air.
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In my winter garden, I had Lavender, Rosemary and Thyme to use in my herb wreath. I also filled out some of the greenery with boxwood. While I love boxwood for how it looks, I find I have to be careful of the variety. One of the shrubs I have planted in my yard smells like cat pee, and the other doesn’t, so I make sure I clip the right one…lol. Just keep that in mind if you’re ever going to bring boxwood inside.
To make the Gold Hoop Herb Wreath ,you’ll need a 12″ gold hoop, floral wire, a way to cut the wire, and sturdy herbs with woody stems such as Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme, Sage, Marjoram, and Oregano. This is actually a great use for using the old growth on herbs when you are trying to thin them out to rejuvenate the plants. You can see here how to propagate Lavender and Rosemary. Great filler plants to also mix in like Boxwood are Cedar and Juniper because they will hold up to slowly drying out and smell soooo good. If you think the oils from the herbs will bother your skin; gloves are recommended when working on this project.
Gather all of your herbs into a “swag” and wire them together. I kind of “wove” my wire through the bunch.
After creating your bundle, wire the bundle to the hoop. If you want to create a symmetrical wreath like I did, repeat the steps and attach a second bundle opposite of the first.
After that, you can enjoy your wreath! I had mine in an area with low humidity so it would dry out slowly. Once it’s dried, you can rip it all off and create another or enjoy the dried gold hoop herb wreath! If you liked this post, you can see how to use a gold hoop to make a faux eucalyptus wreath.
Or if our ready to get into some planting, see how to start your own seeds here.